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This project is funded in part by the National Science Foundation IOS-1044821.

Life has always seemed to me like a plant that lives on its rhizome. Its true life is invisible, hidden in the rhizome. The part that appears above the ground lasts only a single summer. Then it withers away - an ephemeral apparition. When we think of the unending growth and decay of life and civilizations, we cannot escape the impression of absolute nullity. Yet I have never lost the sense of something that lives and endures beneath the eternal flux. What we see is blossom, which passes. The rhizome remains. Carl Jung in "Memories, Dreams, Reflections".


List of plants proposed to be used in this investigation (view tree)
  Species Significance
Ferns Horsetail primitive, major weed
Giant Salvinia primitive, major weed
Bracken fern primitive, one of the oldest, grows everywhere
Basal angiosperms Spatterdock model, Nymphaeales
Dutchman's pipe model, Magnoliid
Monocots Calamus primitive, medicinal
Aloe medicinal
Quack grass advanced, major weed, rhizomes studied
Johnsongrass advanced, major weed
Bermudagrass advanced, major weed
Giant Miscanthus advanced, potential biofuel crop
Common Reed advanced, weed
Red Rice advanced, close relative of cultivated Asian rice
Cogongrass advanced, one of worst weeds
Ginger advanced, medicinal
Turmeric advanced, medicinal
Eudicots Black cohosh primitive, medicinal
Sacred lotus primitive, rhizomes studied
Core eudicots Peppermint advanced, culinary and medicinal
Broad-leaf birdsfoot trefoil advanced, model legume, rhizomes studied
Common monkey-flower advanced, important ecological model species

Last updated: 21 August 2013